Harpal Singh and Anr. Etc. Etc. Versus State of Punjab Etc. Etc

Harpal Singh and Anr. Etc. Etc. Versus State of Punjab Etc. Etc Case

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REPORTABLE
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 6744-6758 OF 2022
Harpal Singh and Anr. Etc. Etc. …Appellant(s)
Versus
State of Punjab Etc. Etc. …Respondent(s)
WITH
CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 6740-6743 OF 2022
Nasib Singh and Anr. Etc. Etc. …Appellant(s)
Versus
State of Punjab & Ors. Etc. Etc. …Respondent(s)
WITH
CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 6734-6739 OF 2022
Mehar Singh and Anr. Etc. Etc. …Appellant(s)
Versus
State of Punjab Etc. Etc. …Respondent(s)
J U D G M E N T
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M.R. SHAH, J.
1. As common question of law and facts arise in these group of
appeals, all these appeals are being decided and disposed of by this
common judgment and order.
2. Feeling aggrieved and dissatisfied with the impugned common
judgment(s) and order(s) dated 01.05.2012 / 02.03.2009 / 09.11.2009
passed in the respective first appeals, the particulars of which are as
under:-
Sl.
No
.
Particulars RFA No. Date of
Order
Section 4
Notification
date
1. Harpal Singh and Anr.
Vs. State of Punjab
3941/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
2. Parkash Singh (Dead)
Thr. LRs. Vs. State of
Punjab
3942/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
3. Ajaib Singh and Ors. Vs.
State of Punjab
3943/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
4. Gian Singh and Ors. Vs.
State of Punjab and Anr.
3944/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
5. Amirk Singh and Ors. Vs.
State of Punjab
3945/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
6. Parkash Singh (Dead)
Thr. LRs. and Ors. Vs.
State of Punjab
3946/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
7. Bakhtaur Singh (Dead)
Thr. LRs. Vs. State of
Punjab and Ors.
3947/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
8. Bachan Singh (Dead)
Thr. LRs. Vs. State of
Punjab
3948/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
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9. Labh Singh (Dead) Thr.
LRs. and Anr. Vs. State
of Punjab
3949/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
10. Ajmer Singh and Anr. Vs.
State of Punjab
3952/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
11. Sajjan Singh Vs. State of
Punjab
3953/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
12. Tarlochan Singh and Ors.
Vs. State of Punjab and
Ors.
4485/2007 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
13. Gurdev Singh and Ors.
Vs. State of Punjab and
Anr.
1448/2008 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
14. Amar Singh and Ors. Vs.
State of Punjab
2871/2008 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
15. Gurdip Singh and Ors.
Vs. State of Punjab
3974/2008 01.05.2012 21.11.2002
16. Mehar Singh and Anr. Vs.
State of Punjab
784/2007 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
17. Mewa Singh (Dead) and
Ors. Vs. State of Punjab
783/2007 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
18. Jagir Singh (dead) and
Ors. Vs. State of Punjab
2715/2007 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
19. Norata Singh (Dead) and
Ors. Vs. State of Punjab
4319/2006 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
20. Hardial Singh (Dead) and
Ors. Vs. State of Punjab
and Anr.
4300/2006 09.11.2009 21.02.2000
21. Jagir Singh (Dead) and
Ors. Vs. State of Punjab
and Anr.
1614/2000 28.01.2010 21.02.2000
22. Nasib Singh and Anr. Vs.
State of Punjab and Ors.
3112/2005 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
23. Sher Singh (Dead) Thr.
LRs. and Anr. Vs. State
of Punjab
4318/2006 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
24. Manjit Kaur Vs. State of
Punjab and Anr.
4088/2007 02.03.2009 21.02.2000
25. Karnail Singh and Ors.
Vs. State of Punjab and
Anr.
1468/2008 09.11.2009 21.02.2000
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determining the compensation @ Rs. 19,85,700/- per acre in
respective first appeals, except RFA No. 1614 of 2000, the original
claimants/landowners have preferred the present appeals.
2.1 In RFA No.1614 of 2000, the High Court has awarded the
compensation @ Rs. 7,80,000/- per acre.
3. At the outset, it is required to be noted that while determining the
amount of compensation @ Rs. 19,85,700/- per acre in the respective
first appeals, the High Court has relied upon its earlier decision in the
case of Surjit Singh Vs. State of Punjab & Another (RFA No.
3004/2006 decided on 2.3.2009). So far as Civil Appeal arising out of
RFA No. 1614 of 2000 is concerned, the High Court has determined
the amount of compensation @ Rs. 7,80,000/- per acre alongwith
solatium relying upon its earlier decision in the case of Kapoor Singh
Vs. The State of Punjab & Another (RFA No. 2348/1998 decided on
28.01.2010).
4. It is not in dispute that the aforesaid decisions of the High Court
in the cases of Surjit Singh (supra) & Kapoor Singh (supra) were
the subject matter of appeals before this Court. In the case of Kapoor
Singh (supra) and other allied first appeals, this Court has enhanced
the amount of compensation by a further sum of Rs.1,00,000/- and in
the case of Surjit Singh (supra), the same has been enhanced by a
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further sum of Rs. 2,00,000/- per acre, payable by the Greater Mohali
Area Development Authority with interest and solatium as prescribed
by the Statute from the date of the orders passed by the High Court
(vide common order dated 15.01.2014 passed in Civil Appeal Nos.
738-748/2014 – Kapoor Singh Vs. State of Punjab & Another Etc.
and Civil Appeal No. 363/2013 – Surjit Singh Vs. State of Punjab &
Anr. Etc.).
5. It is not in dispute that the landowners in the present appeals are
also similarly situated. As observed hereinabove, while determining
the compensation by the impugned common judgment and order/s,
the High Court has relied upon its earlier decisions in the cases of
Surjit Singh (supra) & Kapoor Singh (supra) respectively.
Therefore, the present appeals are also required to be disposed of in
terms of the decision of this Court in the cases of Surjit Singh (supra)
& Kapoor Singh (supra), by enhancing the amount of compensation
by a further sum of Rs.2,00,000/- per acre and Rs. 1,00,000/- per acre
respectively. However, there is a substantial delay in preferring the
first appeals. Therefore, we deem it appropriate to deny the statutory
benefits including interest on the enhanced amount of compensation
from the date of the judgment/s and order/s passed by the High Court
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till the present appeals (special leave petitions) have been preferred
before this Court.
6. In view of the above facts, all these appeals are partly allowed.
Accordingly, we enhance the amount of compensation payable to the
landowners by a further sum of Rs. 1,00,000/- per acre in Civil Appeal
arising out of RFA No. 1614 of 2000 dated 28.01.2010. We enhance
the amount of compensation payable to the landowners by a further
sum of Rs. 2,00,000/- per acre in remaining Civil Appeals arising out
of impugned common judgment(s) and order(s) dated 01.05.2012 /
02.03.2009 / 09.11.2009. It is also ordered that the original
landowners shall be entitled to solatium as prescribed under the
statute on the enhanced amount of compensation. It is also further
ordered that the original landowners / claimants shall not be entitled to
any statutory benefits including the interest under the Land Acquisition
Act from the date of respective judgment(s) and order(s) passed by
the High Court till the filing of the appeals in this Court. The enhanced
amount of compensation shall be deposited by the Greater Mohali
Area Development Authority within three months from today before the
Reference Court.
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7. All these appeals are accordingly disposed of in the aforesaid
terms. However, in the facts and circumstances of the case, there
shall be no order as to costs.
………………………………….J.
 [M.R. SHAH]
………………………………….J.
 [KRISHNA MURARI]
NEW DELHI;
SEPTEMBER 23, 2022.
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